Add onion to the bowl and use your hands to mix with the hanpen. When it blends and becomes smooth, form into small flat balls.
Combine the ★ ingredients with tempura flour. Dredge croquettes made in Step 2 with the combined mixture, then coat with panko. Make sure to give your patties a generous coating of the batter.
Heat some oil (about 1 cm) in a frying pan and deep-fry. You could also use a deep-fryer!
Flip them over when they're browned and fry both sides. They're done when golden brown.
They should rise when fried and increase in thickness. Fluffy, crispy, and moist.
Because of the umami-rich flavor of hanpen and fish, they taste great even without sauce.
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to make fish croquettes, but they don't sell minced fish in my neighborhood! *sigh* That's why I tried mashing hanpen to see how it would go. It ended up really tasty!
※The croquettes rise when deep-fried, so you can shape them slightly thinly! ※Keep your eyes on the croquettes since they'll brown quite fast. They don't need to be cooked thoroughly since it's just hanpen inside.